Nomination petitions are available through March 21 for members of the Long Reach Community Association who are interested in running for village office.
Members of the community association can be owners or lease-holding tenants of lien-paying properties in Long Reach village.
Two village board members and one Columbia Council representative will be elected April 21 for two-year terms.
Each candidate must submit a completed election petition and candidate's statement by 6 p.m. March 21 to be included on the ballot.
Information packets, which include petition forms and election rules, are available at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Information: 410-730-8113 or contact William A. Taylor, chairman of the election committee, 301-596-7152.
Library schedules March film festival
The east Columbia library is offering a New Release Cinema March Festival of digital video discs shown on a large screen.
The Heart of the Game, a documentary on the Roosevelt Roughriders girls' basketball team in the tradition of Hoop Dreams, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Wordplay, a film about New York Times editor and National Public Radio puzzle-master Will Shortz, will be shown at 7 p.m. March 15. Free refreshments will be served in celebration of the Howard County Library's Spelling Bee, to be held March 16.
Admission is free, and registration is not required.
The library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way.
Tribute -- In observance of Women's History Month, the Oakland Mills Community Association and its music and arts committee will present "A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson," featuring jazz singer Lavenia Nesmith, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. The one-woman musical drama portrays the gospel singer's life in monologue and song. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tickets are available at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Coalition for Compassion, an interfaith community service organization. Ben Hunter, 410-730-1129.
Beginning bridge -- "Bridge for the Absolute Beginner" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. The six-week class costs $60, plus $5 for a textbook. A drop-in bridge program is offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the same location. Players at all levels are welcome. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered. The cost is $31 for three classes. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.
Science, Dr. Seuss -- The east Columbia library will offer a four-week program for children ages 3 to 6 with an adult, "Spring into Science," at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, through March 29. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk an hour before the 45-minute program. There will be no session March 22. 410-313-7730.
Spring seminars -- Kings Contrivance Community Association will offer a free gardening seminar at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. Master gardeners Pat Greenwald and Deborah Patton will present "Waking Up the Garden," a program on early spring tasks for gardeners, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 12. Registration is required. 410-381-9600.
Coffee chat -- The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 14 in the media center at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane. The session will provide an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and chat with board members. The meetings are held around the county. 410-313-6682.
La Leche -- La Leche of Columbia will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Owen Brown Community Center. The group offers support, information and guidance for breast-feeding mothers. Pregnant women, as well as infants and toddlers, are welcome. For help with breastfeeding questions: 410-309-4940, 301-421- 1177 or 410-461-3423.